How Endless Poverty Became Endless Possibilities in Guatemala

Over half of the families in Guatemala live in poverty. Many children must beg on the streets every day, instead of attending school. Young girls often drop out of school early in order to manage household chores and care for their siblings.

Without education and job opportunities, young women like Laura often become trapped in endless cycles of poverty, struggling daily to provide food, clothing, shelter, and other basic needs for their families.

Laura’s work as an Artisan, not only provides for her family’s needs, but has also expanded into opportunities for others to overcome Guatemala’s disheartening legacy of poverty, too.

Artisan Group Photo:

Laura, Trades of Hope Artisan Partner in Guatemala (Right) with Family

Ikat Fabric Photo:

Each Endless Wristlet is Made of Handwoven Cotton Ikat Fabric

Photo of Male Artisan:

Laura’s Nephew Helps His Aunt Provide for the Family

Trades of Hope Label and Endless Wristlet Photos:

Using traditional Guatemalan techniques, cotton is hand dyed and woven to create this beautiful black and off-white ikat fabric wristlet. With a convenient interior slip pocket and genuine leather wristlet, this petite clutch is perfect for carrying your phone and small essentials.

Laura invests in a more hopeful future for the next generation by providing job opportunities to young people in her community, like her nephew who sews with her. 

Inspired and created by the families in Laura’s Artisan community, each Trades of Hope Endless Wristlet clutch tells the story of a family in Guatemala who is using the Artisan traditions of their ancestors to create a new legacy of hope for future generations.

Click the photo below to check out all 5 handcrafted pieces of our exclusive limited edition


Endless Summer Capsule Collection.

Trades of Hope is partnering to help families in Guatemala overcome generational poverty through handcrafting fair trade fashion.

You can partner to end generational poverty in Guatemala.

Kathy Thomas
About Kathy Thomas
Kathy Thomas is an inspirational writer with a passion for helping women discover and celebrate their unique gifts and abilities. Kathy is part of the Communication Team at Trades of Hope focusing on Artisan Development.

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